FAQ on Commencement

Applying For Graduation

  1. Login to MyAccess.
  2. From the main menu, select the Student tab
  3. Click on Student Records
  4. Click Apply to Graduate
  5. Select the appropriate program or degree
    Dual/joint degree students will have the option of which degree they will be applying for. If a student is applying for two degrees at once (i.e. MPP/MA-ECON) the student will have to apply for each degree separately. A student may not apply for both degrees at one time.
  6. Select the month in which you want to graduate
  7. Click Continue
  8. Identify whether or not you will be attending the commencement ceremony
  9. Click Continue
  10. Select the name you want to appear on your diploma
    If the name already listed is NOT the name you want to appear on your diploma, select “new” and enter your name as you want it to appear on your diploma. If your name has special characters (accent marks, etc.) please e-mail us.
  11. Click Continue
  12. Select the address to which you want your diploma mailed. If the address you want is not currently listed, select “New” and enter the appropriate information.
  13. Verify the information you have entered. If everything is correct, click “Submit Request” to complete the process.

Choose the May 31st date option. Your degree will still be conferred on the day of the Commencement Ceremony.

You must apply to graduate no later than February 1st if you wish to have your diploma available at the Commencement Ceremony and have your name and graduation information printed in the Commencement Book. This early deadline is necessitated by the production schedules of both the diplomas and Commencement Book.

After February 1st, you may still apply to graduate until May 1st. If you do so, you will still be able to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, but your diploma will not be available at commencement and your graduation information will not be in the Commencement Book.

If you don’t see the “Apply to Graduate” option on your MyAccess, please submit the following information to your program Director of Graduate Study (DGS) and Program Coordinator as soon as you can. Please note all the deadlines to apply to graduate applies to you as well.

Expected Graduation Date
Full Legal name
Mailing Address

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences does not offer distinctions and honors to graduates.

2021 Commencement Ceremony

Yes. Georgetown University will host an in-person Commencement for the Class of 2021 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, on Monday, May 24, 2021. Our ceremonies will take place in two parts, with a ceremony for undergraduate students in the morning and a ceremony for graduate and professional students in the afternoon.

Graduates attending the ceremony in-person are invited to bring two guests. All attendees will need to adhere to DC public health and travel guidelines. Ceremonies will be broadcast virtually for graduates, friends, and family who are unable to attend. More details will be provided as soon as possible.

Graduates attending the ceremony in-person are invited to bring two guests. All attendees will need to adhere to DC public health and travel guidelines. Ceremonies will be broadcast virtually for graduates, friends, and family who are unable to attend.

We made a commitment to the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 that we would provide an opportunity to gather on campus and celebrate graduation with family and friends. As we see the possibility for large gatherings again emerging, we are beginning to plan for these events in 2022 and are thinking creatively about how we can make these moments most special for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021, in recognition of the unique and challenging circumstances of their final years at Georgetown.

2020 Commencement Ceremony

We know members of our Class of 2020 are eager to be together for a celebration on campus and that the trajectory of the pandemic has delayed your return longer than we originally anticipated. As we look ahead, we see promising signs about the overall trajectory of the pandemic and the possibility of a return to our regular activities in the coming months. Our plan is to invite the Class of 2020 to gather together on campus in 2022 to honor and celebrate your class. We will be in communication as soon as possible with further details.

Diploma & Academic Regalia

To change your address to where your diploma will be sent to, please email gradstudentservices@georgetown.edu with your new address.

Jostens will be hosting a virtual “Grad Salute” for undergraduate and graduate students in the coming weeks. You may also order from our Georgetown/Jostens website.